La Maison de La Celle-Saint-Cloud by Jean-Pierre Raynaud [(www.yellowtrace.com.au)]
The amphitheater house is built in Hydra, a traditional small town, situated in an island close to Piraeus, the port of Athens. The building was constructed above the ruins of an older quasi-orthogonal foundation wall: none of the characteristics of the older construction was obvious when the operation for its design started. The material of its walls is the material that occurred from the excavation of the stone that laid underground the site.
The project challenges the possibilities of an empty – “construction site” like – living place. The space is organized around a high-ceiling interior that reaches, in parts, 10 meters height. The amphitheater that occupies the central part of the high space replaces the living room of the house; the amphitheater gives shape to the gatherings that occur in it or around it. The house’s kitchen space and the rooms are included in a narrow zone, located in the eastern part of the house. A horizontal wooden platform is suspended over the interior space, proposing an area that can be used as a master bedroom viewing the island’s port.
Jean Prouve, Maisons Coques, (1950-1952)
During the assembly work for the Mame Printing Works. Prouve made an observation that he later described as follows: “One beautiful day around lunchtime, I saw thirty workers taking a break. They were sitting and eating among the stored shed-roof elements – and they all told me the same thing: “We don’’t know why, but we feel at ease here.” This was the birth of the shell houses, or maisons coques, who’s prototype Prouve presented in Paris at the 1951 exhibition Arts Menagers. Basically, this construction principle entailed no more than creating a series of “shells” made of bent shed roof elements, which rest on facades or interior walls. Not much later, numerous variations on such “shell houses” were completed.
Archigram [Ron Herron, Barry Snowden] | Plug-in City | Free Time Node | 1967
Located on a south-hillside above esslingen am neckar within a grown residential area. the extremely slim and sloping land has since been used as a driveway road and was considered unbuildable
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haus F, Esslingen, Germany - 2012 - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA